The Nigeria Customs Service Coordinator of Joint Border Operations Drill, North Central chapter, Comptroller Mohammed Garba, has announced that over 10,000 bags of imported rice have been intercepted.
He also noted that since the inception of the border closure, 204 illegal migrants were also repatriated during the period under review, the list includes; 99 Nigeriens, 100 Beniniose, three Malians, and two Chinese.
Garuba disclosed this at a press conference in Ilorin. He also noted that the joint operation exercise from August 2019 till date has helped reduced smuggling drastically in the zonal areas and also helped improve the economy of the country.
He added that the feat achieved at the borders was only attainable when the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, ordered the closure of all neighbouring borders due to smuggling and illegal importation.
Since the fight against smuggling intensified, it has helped the Nigerian Economy to encourage local agricultural production.
The joint border drill, which consists of security agencies such as the Immigration, Police, Army, Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Customs and DSS, has stressed that a total number of 10,000 bags of smuggled rice were seized since the operation started.
The customs boss, also emphasized that the border closure was not targeted at anyone, individual, group of persons or any community but instead for the protection of the nation’s economy.
“It is no longer news that the Federal Government on the 20th of August, 2019 to be precise, partially closed all land borders for the betterment of the nation’s economy, the security of the citizen and for our neighbouring countries to abide by ECOWAS protocols
“Since August last year when we started operations, we have increased revenue and we are not relenting.”